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Hospital Patients' Mail, Far East

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he will look into the complaints that mail from this country to ex-prisoners of war now in hospital in the Far East is not reaching the addressees except with undue delay; and what steps he will take to ensure that this delay will be eliminated.

Ex-prisoners admitted to hospital in the Far East normally notify the hospital address to their relatives unless it is anticipated that they will remain for a brief period only in the Far East. Letters written to these hospital addresses are forwarded by air under the same conditions as to the troops in S.E.A.C. In addition the military authorities in the Far East have been instructed to forward by telegraph nominal rolls of ex-prisoners admitted to hospital. These rolls are checked on receipt against the letters held in this country to await a forwarding address, and any on hand are sent on by air.